War of words at the council over budget

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Dumfries and Galloway Labour Group Leader Elaine Murray has branded Conservative Group Leader Ian Carruthers out of touch with people.

Her comments come following Mr Carruther’s comments to the media following agreement on the new budget being reached.

Councillor Carruthers was quoted as saying: “The Labour/SNP administration have done what they have always done and agreed a budget that focuses on hand outs rather than taking a chance to build our region’s economy, create well paid jobs and giving our residents the chance to go and build their own lives. We took on board what the people of Dumfries and Galloway have been saying to us - people want a hand up, not a hand out.”

Responding to this comment Councillor Elaine Murray, who serves as Council Leader said: “The comments made by Cllr Carruthers to the local press proves just how out of touch the Leader of the Conservative Group on Dumfries and Galloway Council is.

I was proud to lead on a budget which will extend free school meals over school holidays, provide free sanitary products for low income pupils and reduce the cost of secondary education for pupils from low income families.

The administration budget also included policy development funds to mitigate the consequences for low income residents of the introduction of the Tory’s Universal Credit which has a precedence of failure. Far from being a hand out, the administration budget passed last week will help pupils from low income families and those most at risk from poverty to have the best start in life so they can achieve their full potential.”